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Bills vs. Titans: Matt Hasselbeck To Start At Quarterback

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With starter Jake Locker on the sidelines with a shoulder injury, veteran Matt Hasselbeck will get the start under center for the Titans against the Bills.

Don McPeak-US PRESSWIRE

Going into the season, the Buffalo Bills may have looked at the schedule to see that their Week 7 quarterback match-up with the Tennessee Titans was one featuring a quarterback with just six career starts. Instead, they'll face a signal caller with 149 as they line up against Matt Hasselbeck this Sunday.

The elder statesman, Hasselbeck replaces second-year pro Jake Locker, who injured the AC joint in his shoulder in Week 4 against the Houston Texans. In his two starts, Hasselbeck has passed the ball 87 times at a 57% clip but for only 490 yards. His quarterback rating for the season is just 74.1.

According to the folks over at the Blog That Shall Not be Named, Hasselbeck's biggest weakness at this point in his career is his arm strength. He is managing just 5.9 yards per attempt and 9.6 yards per completion in his two starts. (For reference, Ryan Fitzpatrick is at 6.4 yards per attempt and 11.4 yards per completion and folks are saying he doesn't throw it down the field enough.)

With those mediocre numbers, it's easy to overlook the fact that in the Titans last game, Hasselbeck drove the team down the field for a game-winning field goal over the Pittsburgh Steelers. He's a gritty, heady veteran who won't take chances (just two interceptions in his two starts) but is limited physically.